This guide provides information on locating
military unit histories and individual service
records of discharged, retired, and deceased
military personnel. It also provides information
on locating and replacing military awards and medals. Included is contact information for
military history centers, websites for additional sources of research, and a bibliography of other publications, including related CRS reports.
You have the right to appeal any benefits decision made by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The VA appeals process is set in law and is different from other judicial appeals processes.
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Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection
Temporary Total Disability Rating
38 U.S.C. 1151
Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing
Special Home Adaptation
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child
Change of Address
Veterans of the United States Uniformed Services may be
eligible for a broad range of
programs and services
provided by the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
A general list of other Federal agencies that
offer benefit programs and resources for
Service members, Veterans, and their families.
Veterans Legal Help Navigator
Welcome to the Veterans Legal Help Navigator. This online tool helps veterans' caseworkers and advocates across the country find the right fit legal help for veterans.
Since 2005 This Is The Site VA Reads
When They Want To Learn What They've Been Doing
Social Security serves as a key source of income for millions of retired seniors, and as
an eligible worker, you get an eight-year window to start taking benefits. Here are the various
ages at which you might claim Social Security, and their impact on your benefits.
Jim; Not sure if you have seen this yet. I’ve attached an “invitation” one of our clients received inviting
him to participate in the RAMP program. I would highly recommend any veteran getting one of these to seek the advice of an attorney. We can definitely see where making the wrong selection could be detrimental. We're happy to offer free evaluations to any veteran who gets a RAMP letter.
/s/ Julie Glover
Hundreds of thousands of veterans and active duty military call San Diego County home,
but a group says they are facing big disadvantages when trying to buy a house here.
The San Diego Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals says more than
60 percent of listings in the county won't accept offers with V.A. loans.
NOBODY is coming after your TDIU benefits.
Learn the facts about Unemployability here.
Jim Strickland is a nationally known advocate for veterans
and a member of the
VA launched a new update for the appeals status tracker and now Veterans with a compensation appeal can view their past and current appeals issues, receive alerts for deadlines when action is required, preview the next events in their timeline, and see estimates of how long it will take to reach those events.
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House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
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Office: (202) 225-3527 Fax: (202) 225-5486
The Most Important Social Security Chart You'll Ever See
You have more control over your ultimate Social Security benefits than you might think.
Here's how to get the most out of the program.
It’s one of Shakespeare's more famous lines. The line was said by a character called Dick
The Butcher. His friend and fellow plotter of all things grandiose, Jack Cade, was promoting his
idea of a utopia if all would pledge allegiance to him as king. Mr. Butcher was suggesting to Mr.
Cade that if they removed the lawyers as barriers to their plans, Mr. Cade could become the
king and all would be well in the paradise he’d create. Shakespeare tells us that if we want false
promises we should rid ourselves of the people who are our guardians of the rule of law...attorneys.
It now appears that the state of Minnesota (and others) would like for veterans to be rid of their representative attorneys and give themselves over to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.
This latest veterans nanny state tells you bluntly that they work for free and that veterans law
attorneys want your money. They're so convinced of their CVSO superiority they've enacted
unenforceable legislation to require attorneys to issue disclaimers to potential clients that the
nanny state can do the same attorney-level high quality of work for them for FREE.
What's wrong with this picture?
of the latest government sanctioned scam being pulled on veterans.
VETERANS: Send Dr. Valette your PTSD, or mental health C&P exam
Briefly state if you think there is an error in the exam, or if you are underrated. Dr. Valette
will review it for accuracy or errors and provide you with a short summary of his findings.
For Two Weeks Only NO CHARGE May 1st - 14th only
In the email subject line state: C&P exam review
Email your C&P exam to: email@example.com
General Information on IU Claims Evaluating Evidence to Establish Entitlement to IU
Special Considerations in IU Claims
Rating Decision Addressing a Veteran’s Failure to Complete a Field Examination
Poverty Threshold Information
The first answer, which some have said to me, is that the cops treat them like they treated
Afghans and Iraqis, with weapons, flex-ties, and shouts that often were not understood. A
second answer is that while our vets were off fighting our wars, a lot of local police
militarized after 9/11, getting body armor, military helmets, automatic weapons, and even wheeled armored vehicles. But a third, more complex answer, on top of those two, is that the soldiers feel they were well trained to use all that tactical gear, but that the police are not — and that is dangerous.
If you have a claim or appeal and MOPH is your representative
You're going to need some help!
The Veterans Law Attorneys you see here on the
VAWatchdog will be happy to speak with you.
VA provides Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families with $1.3 trillion
in insurance coverage each year. VA also offers a variety of life insurance options
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several benefits for the children of veterans:
(1) education benefits — servicemembers may transfer the GI Bill to their dependent
children before leaving service; (2) health care — CHAMPVA provides coverage to eligible
dependent children; (3) life insurance — family coverage is available to members insured under Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI); and (4) memorial benefits — minor or unmarried adult children may be eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. Also, specific benefits are available for children of servicemembers who died or were seriously injured in the line of duty.
Dr. Brett Valette explains the connection
Has your hearing loss and tinnitus caused anxiety and depression?
There's a reason for that.
7 Factors That'll Affect Your Social Security Check
Everything you need to know about your retirement benefit.
The importance of Social Security for retired Americans simply can't be overstated. Each month, 62.1 million payouts are made to eligible beneficiaries, nearly 69% of whom are retired workers. Of these retirees, more than 3 out of 5 lean on Social Security to account for at least half of their income.
Et tu Iowa???
Who knew Iowa was so pissed off at veterans law attorneys?? Apparently damn few because once
Iowa enacted the law requiring a draconian disclosure statement, the state AG had a look
and determined it was unenforceable, a waste of time and since it was enacted
in 2015, no veterans law attorney has been charged with a violation.
While Jackson is, by all accounts, a capable doctor who served the previous two presidents after
returning from Iraq, he has no management experience whatsoever, which is the sort of thing
that has historically been a prerequisite for running a 360,000-person, nearly $200 billion federal
agency. But don’t mention that to the Trump administration, which, in the face of criticism re:
Dr. Ronny, has adopted the official position of basically responding, How DARE you?
Documents published and from Veterans Affairs Department
Schedule for Rating Disabilities:
Organs of Special Sense and Schedule of Ratings Eye
The postponement appears to be related to questions about qualifications and past conduct.
How Trump’s Trans Military Ban Backfired. Spectacularly.
The president’s efforts to implement a ban on transgender troops has met all-round criticism,
as well as defeat in the courts. He may have only helped the cause of trans equality.
Dear Jim's Mailbag...
Is squamous cell carcinoma presumptive to service during Desert Storm?
Student loan debt discharge for 100% TDIU veterans?
Is there any truth to the rumor about 100% benefits after age 70?
VA Caregiver: when is one assigned?
Do I need Medicare Part B if I am 100% service connected disabled?
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) and benefits?
Reconsideration Requests for Benefits?
Vet Centers and treatment for addiction?
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What is the "nexus" and why is it important?
To get benefits, you must meet three tests. You need to show:
eligibility by your military service,
diagnosis of a "condition," and
evidence that the condition started during your military service or, if your
condition was preexisting, that it was aggravated by military service.
This third test is the connection or "nexus" between what happened
to you in the military and your current medical condition.
In the Spotlight
Keeping Up with All Your VA Appointments
My HealtheVet can help Veterans organize and schedule health care appointments.
Ronny Jackson’s VA nomination on the rocks
His confirmation hearing may be postponed as senators weigh potentially new
negative information about the Veteran Affairs secretary nominee.
to Abolish MOPH National Service Program.
It is with a heavy heart and great disappointment that I share my plan to abolish the MOPH National Service Program. Effective today I have ceased program acceptance of POAs, processing of new claims and granting/renewal of certifications. In conjunction with the Area Managers I have implemented a four (4) phase shout down of the program.
Phase 1 - May 4, 2018 - First release of employees. Relatively new NSOs providing minimal contributions.
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Many state and local organizations help
veterans and their families.
Here are some resources for mental
There are additional benefits that you may be
eligible for that are based on a favorable decision for
a VA benefit and/or based on special circumstances.
These are known as derivatives.
The White House Veterans
Complaint Line is open
What's your VA up to today?
The issue has to do with the VA's eBenefits where some of the veterans' information has
reportedly been compromised.
for download through the NVLSP website,